Proposed Government Amendment Hints at Strange Effects from UFOs
A historic amendment could establish a United States government office to study UFOs — a major development signifying the government may be ready to treat the UFO phenomenon seriously. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has quietly introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for 2022 that, if passed, would radically transform the US government’s treatment of UFOs.
Nick Pope, who worked for the UK’s Ministry of Defense investigating UFOs, said, “The main takeaways, obviously, are to replace the existing UAP taskforce with an Anomaly Surveillance and Resolution Office to loop in almost every part of the military and the intelligence community. And in terms of accountability, to have this independent watchdog, the Aerial and Transmedium Phenomena Advisory Committee sitting over a lot of this, selecting people from the Galileo Project, from the Scientific Coalition for Ufology, and bodies like that — it’s unprecedented.”
A significant development in this amendment is the inclusion of civilian scientific experts, specifically mentioning professor Avi Loeb’s Galileo Project. But the US government has had a bumpy history with civilian scientists.
“What it’s trying to do is blend together the government side of this with the scientific and academic community side, and I think for many, many years there has been a disconnect,” Pope said. “Government doesn’t do science very well. Here in the language of Sen. Gillibrand’s amendment, we have an attempt to fix that, to try and bring in scientists and academics, and loop in their expertise so that it can be properly leveraged.”
In June of 2021, the unclassified, short version of the UAP report left many wanting more. This amendment calls for unclassified reports. How do they rectify the government’s need for secrecy with the public’s desire for accountability?
“There’s always this tension between the classified and the unclassified. Clearly, we have a nine-page, unclassified summary, but by all accounts, there’s a classified version at least double that,” Pope said. “So, Sen. Gillibrand’s amendment acknowledges that there will always be a classified side, but also addresses that important point about public accountability by saying there must continue to be reports. There’s a whole raft of reports required, I think some annual, some quarterly.”
Since the 1940s and the United States’ first detonation of nuclear weapons, there have been reports of UFOs visiting and even interfering with nuclear weapons. This amendment includes language requiring reports on “[U]nidentfied aerial phenomena associated with military nuclear assets, including strategic nuclear weapons and nuclear-powered ships and submarines,” as well as any health problems associated with close contact with UAPs.
“Immense significance of the material about human effects, the physiological effects of close encounters. If a pilot has a close encounter and comes back and finds that his watch is telling a different time, or if he comes back and finds he’s got sunburn and somebody says, ‘[H]ey, it’s not sunburn, it’s radiation.’ Those statements which you can see reflected in the language in the Gillibrand amendment, what they do is acknowledge the reality of this part of the phenomenon. If you read between the lines of it, what it’s essentially saying is ‘these things are happening,’ that’s the given. And what they’re then saying is, ‘given that these things are happening — UAP interaction with nuclear weapons, close encounters that have physiological effects — we need to find out the what’s and the why’s a little bit more.’ So, it’s extraordinary by its implication of the reality of this,” Pope said.
Nick Pope started with the UK Ministry of Defense studying the UFO phenomenon in the summer of 1991, 30 years later, what can we learn about how far we’ve come?
“The big picture is that we have transitioned within government from a policy of deny, debunk, and downplay, to a position where essentially, this is real, now we need to find out what the heck’s going on and what our response to it should be. With my perspective of 30 years of involvement in this topic, yeah, I think we are moving to a very good place here,” Pope said.
The Gillibrand amendment could be taken up by Congress as early as this month.
Avi Loeb's Galileo Project to Use Satellites to Scan Earth for UFOs
The search for UFOs usually has us looking out into the depths of space, but what if we flipped it around and looked towards the Earth from space? Can we find UFOs from above?
An attempt to search for UFOs by pointing satellites at Earth; that’s the idea in Harvard professor Avi Loeb’s latest article for The Hill.
Loeb, also the author of “extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth,” and founder of the Galileo Project, explains,
“We are planning to use satellite data and potentially look at unidentified objects from above. Of course, the advantage of that is we can cover the entire Earth, if we put telescopes on the ground, we need to put a lot of them to cover the same area. The goal is to establish the reality of objects, first of all, from both directions; from above using satellite data, and from below using telescope systems, and one would guide the other. So, if we see regions of activity we can put our telescope systems there. If our telescope systems see something of interest, we can monitor what that thing does from satellite data. So, I think it’s an extremely powerful method of verifying and guiding the inquiry to the nature of unidentified aerial phenomena.
Founded in the summer of 2021, the goal of the Galileo Project is to bring the search for extraterrestrial technological signatures into the mainstream. What is the next step when we find something?
“The Galileo Project has two branches: one is to figure out the nature of any object near Earth. We plan to pursue that by using ground-based telescopes that we build, but also satellite data from Planet Labs, for example.